If anyone should know a cheater when he sees one, it’s Mark Hunt (pictured). The UFC heavyweight is irate that he keeps putting his life on the line against fighters who are taking performance-enhancing drugs.
Brock Lesnar, who was flagged Friday by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) for a potential anti-doping violation in his UFC 200 victory over Hunt, marks the third UFC athlete in Hunt’s past seven outings to get popped for a banned substance.
Hunt didn’t make any demands after Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva used testosterone in their 2013 instant classic, which resulted in a majority draw, nor when former champion Frank Mir was busted for a potential anti-doping violation after Hunk knocked him out in March. However, Hunt is going for the jugular this time around since it involves the biggest mainstream star in UFC history.
“I said [to the UFC], ‘If you don’t give me half his [expletive], I’m walking away from this company, I want out of here. This is rubbish’,” Hunt told FOX Sports Australia. “Half of his purse should come to me — maybe all of it. The guy shouldn’t get a cent.
“That, or refund everyone that paid money. They paid for an even playing field — they didn’t get that. They got a cheater against a guy not cheating. I’m lucky I didn’t get injured. I think it’s rubbish. I think all of his [expletive] should be taken off him. There’s no penalties or deterrents to guys that are cheating. This is not the first time, this is the third time I’ve had to fight someone doping.”
Hey, I know I’d be down for a $59.95 refund! But, we all know that’s not happening. We also know Hunt will not receive any of the $2.5 million Lesnar was guaranteed for returning to the UFC after a nearly-five-year hiatus.
Hunt also won’t get a taste of the millions more Lesnar will bank after receiving his chunk of UFC 200’s pay-per-view revenue.
The funny thing is, Hunt called this weeks before it happened. “The Super Samoan” accused Lesnar of being “juiced to the gills” after the WWE superstar was granted an exemption from the UFC and USADA, the third-party company the UFC hired last July to conduct year-round drug tests on their entire roster, regarding a fighter’s four-month holding period after announcing his return to MMA.
While Lesnar’s first five out-of-competition drug tests with the USADA returned clean, his June 28 screening was positive for a banned substance that will be announced at a later date.
The writing was plastered all over the wall, and Hunt was reaffirmed after squaring off with Lesnar at the UFC 200 weigh-ins one day before their July 9 shootout.
“I lost on that night to some [expletive] cheat. There’s no way he could weigh 265 [pounds] like me — he was about 500 kilos, there was no [expletive] way he was weighing in at my weight,” Hunt added. “It just makes a mockery of the whole sport, it makes a fool out of all of us, all the people who’ve paid money for top-end fighting — now all they’ve got is a cheat against a guy who doesn’t cheat.”
Hunt is right, Lesnar had all the incentive in the world to cheat in his money-grab return to the UFC since he was merely a “one-off” loaner from the WWE for the night. If the 39-year-old Lesnar decides once again that he’s completely done with MMA, he won’t suffer any financial ramifications for it because the Nevada Athletic Commission can’t make him pay his impending fine if he doesn’t intend on obtaining a license in the future.
Poor, Mark Hunt…